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Special Rider Blues

Run-Through and Main Section

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Special Rider Blues > Run-Through and Main Section

We're re-issuing one of Corey's most popular lessons with new sheet music, re-mastered video and updated loop points. From Corey:

In this first lesson we begin learning Special Rider Blues by Skip James. This is one of my favorite tunes to play. When I played for Ali Farka Toure years ago, he was surprised that it wasn't from Mali! Later on in the lesson I will demonstrate how he influenced my playing of this tune. For now, we will focus on the basic beginning riffs. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks.






Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Delta Blues

Print Print Chords & Tab

Note: open E minor tuning (E A E G A E).

Loop 1:03 Open E Minor Tuning

Loop 1:50 Run-Through


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 6:32 Breakdown of Main Section

Loop 8:32 Right Hand Technique and Octave Lick

Loop 13:20 Closing Thoughts





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James Daley
James Daley Aug 30, 2022

Hey Corey thank you so much for showing us this one Skip James tunes are so deeply moving, this reminds my so much of Ali Farka Tour'e and that distinctive Mali sounds which feels like a mantra to lonliness and the need to connect with another "special" person. The rhythm is particularly challenging i think, its got a groove you need embed in your bones, like Robert Johnson's grooves but with a very different flavour.So unique, no wonder you have this one in the advanced section. Thank You for sharing.

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